Royal Mail workers should vote no to the 3.2 percent pay deal recommended by the majority of the CWU union's postal executive. After months of negotiations Post Office bosses conceded a further 0.1 percent at the last moment. This was enough for the union's leaders to halt plans for a strike ballot.
A member of the postal executive told Socialist Worker that four members of the executive voted against the deal and wanted the strike ballot to go ahead. The deal would make a postal worker's basic pay rise to just £250.53 a week. A successful battle over pay would strengthen the union to fight over other issues like privatisation, long hours and deregulation.
'This is backdoor privatisation,' was the feeling among union reps when they gathered last week for a briefing about the future of the Post Office's ROMEC business.
ROMEC employs cleaners, engineers and security workers. Management wants to set up a 'joint venture' with a private firm. A ROMEC senior manager was given a rough ride by the meeting. After he left, the union's deputy general secretary, John Keggie, said the union would fight privatisation.
CWU members should demand that none of ROMEC is sold off and that any moves towards joint ventures are met with strikes.